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Abandoned, left in a cardboard box, newborn survives temperatures in the single digits

by | Jan 3, 2022

By Dave Andrusko

By any reckoning, the odds that an abandoned newborn would survive in Alaska would be slim and none. But with temperatures in the single digits and a wind chill of 12 below on New Year’s Eve, it would surely qualify as a miracle.

“The baby was found by Fairbanks resident Roxy Lane, who posted a video on social media of the note and the baby, who was swaddled in blankets and cooing softly,” wrote Patrick Reilly. “Lane wrote in the post that she had found the infant in a cardboard box near a row of mailboxes by her home. “

According to state troopers who took the baby to a local hospital, the child was “found to be in good health.”

What did the note say?

Please help me!!!” the note began.

“I was born today on December 31, 2021 (at) 6 a.m. I was born 12 weeks premature. My mom was 28 weeks when she had me. My parents and grandparents don’t have food or money to raise me. They NEVER wanted to do this to me,” the note reads.

“My mom is so sad to do this,” the note continued. “Please take me and find me a LOVING FAMILY. My parents are begging whoever finds me. My name is Teshawn.”

Lane wrote that the parent were likely young and unaware of Alaska’s Safe Haven Law, under which parents can surrender their newborn at a local hospital, church or police or fire station without fear of being prosecuted.

Reilly concluded

Lane pleaded with anyone who knew the mother to reach out, as she may be in need of medical attention or “might be in a desperate situation, feeling abandoned herself.” 

“Clearly, someone in our community felt so lost and hopeless that they made probably the hardest choice of their lives to leave that innocent life on the side of the road with nothing but some blankets and a name,” she wrote in the post. “But she named him! There’s some love there, even if she made a terrible decision.”

“Today I saved a baby and I’ll probably think about Teshawn for the rest of my life,” Lane wrote.

Categories: Infants